Tennis Officials "Fearful They Could Be the Next Ramos" After Serena Incident

Joann Johnston
September 12, 2018

The International Tennis Federation offered support for Ramos on Monday evening, saying in a statement: "Mr Ramos's decisions were in accordance with the relevant rules and were reaffirmed by the US Open's decision to fine Ms Williams for the three offences".

Katrina Adams, the head of United States Tennis Association (USTA) which organizes the U.S. Open also supported Williams.

The Times of London reports that there is a growing consensus that umpires are considering boycotting matches played by Williams. Open Finals is the issue of coaching during a game. Williams' behaviour in the final has divided the fraternity.

Tennis great Billie Jean King backed the American but Margaret Court, whose major wins record Williams was trying to equal on Saturday, expressed little sympathy for the 36-year-old.

"Yeah I think she was a spoiled brat", he said.

For U.S. tennis officials, the answer is a tale of missed opportunities and unrecognized potential.

Portuguese official Carlos Ramos was accused of sexism in the aftermath of the match, which saw him involved in an escalating dispute with Serena Williams that ended with him slapping the player with a one game penalty as she lost in straight sets to Naomi Osaka in NY on Saturday evening. "She kept her head through an eventful game and the coming years will hopefully see her mature into a fine player on the women's circuit", Becker added.

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"But the biggest goal in the winners is usually to stay locked in on why they're out there on the court in the first place and not let anybody try to get in the way".

Since then, many have come to the defense of Williams and accused Ramos of holding the tennis star to a different standard because she's a woman.

"(It) not only exudes racist, sexist caricatures of both women, but Williams' depiction is unnecessarily sambo-like", the group said in a statement.

In the midst of losing Saturday's final, the 23-time Grand Slam champion smashed her racquet and called the umpire a "thief" and a "liar".

"Umpires don't have any independent means of representation and are employed by the governing bodies".

"Whether he is umpiring a men's match or a women's match, I think he treats [the players] as individuals equally".

I don't follow the sport closely enough to know for certain but all of this sounds suspiciously like the umpires are seizing on the opportunity presented by the Williams incident as leverage for ... something. If it happened in the men's match, it would not happen again.

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